Archive | September, 2012

World T20: Kohli leads India to a 8-wicket win over Pakistan

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : Pakistan’s swift collapse for 128 lets India improve their poor standingsIndia and Pakistan’s cricketing fortunes are intertwined — they’ve forever fluctuated between the sublime and the ridiculous. Today, it was India’s turn to be sublime and Pakistan’s to be ridiculous.

India had the perfect game. They picked their best team for the day, read the wicket well, set smart fields, and took wickets through the innings to hold Pakistan to a modest 128. It was hardly a straight-forward chase. On a dry wicket, with Pakistan’s highly talented spin attack, India needed to chase down the runs quickly to improve on their abysmal net run rate of -2.506. But with Virat Kohli’s 78 (61b), the target never proved troublesome.

Young left-arm spinner Rasa Hasan raised the prospects of a humdinger when he caught and bowled Gautam Gambhir for a duck in the first over. But Virender Sehwag and Kohli’s easy-like-a-Sunday-morning partnership India steered to safety.

Pakistan’s last line of defence was some magic from Saeed Ajmal. But it took Kohli two balls to wipe away the threat. In Ajmal’s first over, Kohli bashed a four through cover. In his second, Kohli cut a straight ball off the stumps for another four past point. Ajmal didn’t know where to bowl to Kohli afterwards. It didn’t help that his captain Mohammad Hafeez’s competitive spirit had diminished as was visible from his defensive fields.

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Hate preacher Abu Hamza’s five sons convicted in UK

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : Five sons of hate preacher Abu Hamza, who is fighting extradition to the US from Britain, have been convicted of serious offences ranging from bomb making to fraud and assaulting police, the Daily Mail reported on Sunday.Hamza is charged in the US with 11 counts relating to

taking of 16 hostages in Yemen in 1998, advocating jehad in Afghanistan and conspiring to set up a jehad training camp in the US. He lost both hands and an eye fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan.
His four sons have already served custodial sentences while the fifth is awaiting sentence for an armed robbery.

Hamza has nine children from two marriages, including a stepson with his second wife.

Of the seven sons, all aged over 18, only two have not been in trouble with the law. His two youngest children are girls aged 16 and 13.

The preacher was married in 1980 to Valerie Traverso, a British woman, and divorced four years later after having one son Mohammed. He has seven children with his second wife Najat and a stepson Mohssin Ghailan.

Hamza and four other terror suspects are facing extradition to America within days after the European Court of Human Rights rejected their appeal to stay in Britain.

The US first requested Hamza’s extradition in 2004. The process was put on hold when Hamza was charged in Britain with 15 offences under the Terrorism Act.

In 2006, Hamza was found guilty on 11 charges, including inciting murder and race hate, and was jailed for seven years.

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Nigeria uncovers officers’ links to Boko Haram

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

LAGOS ,(GGS NEWS) :— A bomb blast and gunfire shook an area around an Islamic boarding school in northern Nigeria on Sunday, leaving two of the alleged attackers dead and others wounded, emergency officials said.
It was not immediately clear who was behind the blast in the city of Zaria, but Islamist extremist group Boko Haram has been blamed for hundreds of deaths as part of its insurgency in northern and central Nigeria.
The boarding school is run by prominent Salafist cleric Awwal Adam Albani, known for outspoken criticism of Boko Haram. He was also arrested last year over a bombing and arms possession, but later released for lack of evidence.
The violence came a day ahead of commemorations marking 52 years of Nigerian independence and occurred in the hometown of Vice President Namadi Sambo, but there was no sign of a link.
Clashes began on Saturday night with an exchange of fire between gunmen and security forces in the same neighbourhood, a relief official said on condition of anonymity.
On Sunday morning, there was a report that the attackers had warned students at the boarding school to evacuate ahead of the blast, indicating the school was likely the target, said National Emergency Management Agency spokesman Yushau Shuaib.
The relief official said the blast was the result of an improvised explosive device. The complex includes the school as well as a mosque.
“Two suspects were killed,” Shuaib said. “The innocent victims that were injured were taken to hospital.”
Attackers and security forces exchanged gunfire after the explosion, leaving the two suspects dead, he said.
Emergency officials were not immediately able to say how many people were wounded or provide further details.
Nigeria’s north has been hit by scores of bombings and shootings attributed to Boko Haram, whose insurgency is blamed for more than 1,400 deaths since 2010. A string of attacks have also hit the country’s centre.
In June, two churches were attacked in Zaria and one in the city of Kaduna, both cities located in Kaduna state.
The church attacks left at least 16 people dead and sparked reprisals by Christian mobs who burned mosques and targeted Muslims, killing dozens. Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks.
Muslims have often been Boko Haram’s targets, though recent attacks on churches have prompted President Goodluck Jonathan to accuse the group of seeking to incite a religious crisis.
Nigeria is Africa’s most populous nation and largest oil producer, roughly divided between a mainly Muslim north and predominately Christian south.
Boko Haram has claimed to be fighting for the creation of an Islamic state in Nigeria’s north, though its demands have repeatedly shifted.
It is believed to have a number of factions with varying aims, in addition to imitators and criminal gangs who carry out violence under the guise of the group.
Albani and Boko Haram have been at odds in the past over a number of issues, including over the group’s teachings against Western education.

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ICC T20 World Cup 2012 live score: India vs Pakistan

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

Colombo,(GGS NEWS) : Sep 30, 2012 :: India face Pakistan in a must-win tie of the Super Eights clash of the World T20 at Colombo on Sunday.

India brought back opener Virender Sehwag and Laxmipathy Balaji in place of Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla.

Humiliated by Australia in their opening Super Eights match, a jittery India will have to pick up the pieces from their all-round failure and come up with an inspired performance.

The Indian team looked completely out of sorts against Australia and they now have to quickly address their woes in all departments of the game when they take on an upbeat Pakistan, who had beaten South Africa in a thriller, if they want to remain afloat in the tournament.

India’s five bowler strategy was a big hit against England in the group match but in conducive conditions against Australia, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s frontline spinners were hammered by Shane Watson-David Warner duo in last night’s match.

Pakistan are far superior players of spin bowling and consistency has never been Chawla’s forte as he is primarily a rhythm bowler. On their day, the likes of Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed and Mohammad Hafeez can take Chawla to the cleaners — something Dhoni can’t afford at this juncture of the tournament.

The Indian team also has their share of batting worries and it will be interesting to know whether Dhoni will persist with Irfan Pathan as the makeshift opener and keep Virender Sehwag out of the equation, says a Press Trust of India report.

The Indian batsmen in the three matches so far in the tournament have been able hit only seven sixes (four vs Afghans, one vs England and two vs Australia) while Watson alone has hit seven sixes against India on Friday.

Teams

India: Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Irfan Pathan, Laxmipathy Balaji, Ravichandran Ashwin, Zaheer Khan.

Pakistan:  Mohammad Hafeez(c), Imran Nazir, Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal (wk), Umar Akmal, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Yasir Arafat, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Raza Hasan.

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6th Annual Conference of Intensive Care Held in CMC&H

6th Annual Conference of Intensive Care Held in CMC&H

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

Ludhiana, 30th September, 2012 ( Amritpal Singh ) Department of Pediatrics, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana organized the Annual conference of Indian Academy of Pediatrics, National Neonatology forum and Intensive care chapters of Punjab. Dr. A G Thomas, Director CMC&Hospital, Ludhiana, inaugurated the conference and congratulated the department for undertaking this academic exercise. The conference was attended by about 200 neonatologists and Pediatricians and from Punjab and adjoining states.

The academic session of the conference started with a talk on “Management of jaundice in newborn babies” which is a common problem in newborns.Dr Praveen Kumar, Professor of Neonatology from PGI Chandigarh, talked aboutthe topic in great detail and discussed on when to take action in newborn babies with Jaundice. Later he also answered the queries of the audience to their satisfaction. The session was then followed by a talk by Dr. VikramDatta on the“Management of pain” in critically sick children in hospital set up. He urged the neonatologists and pediatrician to be more sensitive to this issue because it is not only more humane but also improves the survival and behavior of sick newborns.

In intensive care of critically sick and injured children, Prof Sunit Singhi, Head of Advanced Pediatric center at PGI Chandigarh, highlighted that Hospital acquired infection should be prevented in such children by appropriate Hand hygiene and other measures. Dr.Kanav Anand from Sir Ganga Ram hospital Delhi discussed about kidney problems in sick children in Pediatric Intensive care unit and emphasized on early detection of such disorders. Dr. Arun Bansal from PGI Chandigarh delivered a talk on the topic of “Rational Use of antibiotics” and it was followed by a penal discussion by eminent Pediatricians, Dr. Jugesh Chhatwal, Dr. H.S.Bains, Dr.Gurmeetkaur and Dr. Vikas Bansal. The topic generated lot of interest among the audiences and appropriate use of antibiotics was highlighted to prevent antibiotic resistance and for patient safety.

According to Dr. GurmeetKaur, Head and Professor of Pediatrics at CMCH, the conference was successful in meeting its goal of providing continuing medical education to Pediatrician and nurses who take care of sick children

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Blasts across Iraq kill 19: Police

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

BAGHDAD (GGS NEWS) — Bombs striking Shiite neighborhoods, security forces and other targets across Iraq killed at least 19 people Sunday, officials said. It was the latest string of coordinated bombings in multiple Iraqi cities, a tactic used by insurgents apparently aimed at rekindling widespread sectarian conflict and undermining public confidence in the beleaguered government.
The deadliest attack came in the town of Taji, a former al-Qaida stronghold just north of Baghdad, where three explosive-rigged cars went off within minutes of each other. Police said eight people died and 28 were injured in the back-to-back blasts that began around 7:15 a.m.
In all, at least 68 people were wounded in the wave of attacks that stretched from the restive but oil-rich city of Kirkuk in Iraq’s north to the southern Shiite town of Kut.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the violence, but car bombs are a hallmark of al-Qaida in Iraq. The militant network has vowed to take back areas of the country, like Taji, from which the Sunni insurgent network was pushed before U.S. troops withdrew last December.
Shortly after the Taji attacks, police said a suicide bomber set off his explosives-packed car in the Shiite neighborhood of Shula in northwest Baghdad. One person was killed and seven wounded. Police could not immediately identify the target.
“So many people were hurt. A leg of a person was amputated,” lamented Shula resident Naeem Frieh. “What have those innocent people done to deserve this?”
Health officials in Taji and Baghdad, respectively, confirmed the casualties. All officials in both attacks spoke anonymously as they were not authorized to release information.
Within an hour, another suicide bomber drove a minibus into a security checkpoint in Kut, located 160 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Baghdad. Three police officers were killed and five wounded, Maj. Gen. Hussein Abdul-Hadi Mahbob said.
And in Iraq’s north, another policeman was killed when security forces were trying to defuse a car bomb parked on the main highway between the cities of Kirkuk and Tuz Khormato, said Kirkuk police chief Brig. Gen. Sarhad Qadir. A second policeman was wounded in the blast, Qadir said. Kirkuk is about 290 kilometers (180 miles) north of Baghdad.
At around 10:30 a.m., another parked car bomb went off next to a bus carrying Iranian pilgrims in the town of Madain, killing three Iraqis and injuring 11 others included seven Iranians, another police officer and health official said. Madain is mainly Sunni area located 20 kilometers (12 miles) southeast of Baghdad.
In the town of Balad Ruz, 45 miles northeast of Baghdad a parked car bomb targeted a passing police patrol, killing two policemen and injuring seven others, a police officer and health official said. And in the nearby town of Khan Bani Saad, 15 kilometers (nine miles) northeast of Baghdad, yet another parked car bomb exploded near a market and killed one civilian and injured nine others, they added.
Violence has dropped since the height of Iraq’s bloodshed a few years ago, but Iraqi forces have failed to stop the attacks that continue to claim lives almost daily.

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Afghan inside attack puts US troop deaths at 2,000

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

Afghanistan,(GGS NEWS) : — An apparent insider attack by Afghan forces has killed a U.S. service member and a foreign civilian contractor with NATO, officials said Sunday. The shooting —the latest in a string of attacks on international troops by their Afghan allies — marked the 2,000th U.S. troop death in Afghanistan over the long-running conflict.

A U.S. official confirmed that the service member killed was American. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the nationality of the dead had not yet been formally announced.

At least two Afghan soldiers were also killed in Saturday’s attack at an Afghan army checkpoint in Wardak province, said Shahidullah Shahid, a provincial government spokesman.

An Afghan soldier turned his gun on the Americans and started shooting, Shahid said. He said the checkpoint was in Sayd Abad district, just outside a joint U.S.-Afghan base.

“Initial reports indicate that a misunderstanding happened between Afghan army soldiers and American soldiers,” Shahid said. He said investigators had been sent to the site to try to figure out what happened.

An Afghan military spokesman declined to comment.

Afghan soldiers and policemen — or militants in their uniforms — have gunned down more than 50 foreign troops so far this year, eroding the trust between coalition forces and their Afghan partners. An equal number of Afghan policemen and soldiers also died in these attacks, giving them reason as well to be suspicious of possible infiltrators within their ranks.

The attacks are taking a toll on the partnership between international and Afghan forces, prompting the U.S. military to restrict operations with small-sized Afghan units earlier this month.

The close contact — with coalition forces working side by side with Afghan troops as advisers, mentors and trainers — is a key part of the U.S. strategy for putting the Afghans in the lead as the U.S. and other nations prepare to pull out their last combat troops at the end of 2014, just 27 months away.

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Mars Sample-Return Goal Drives NASA’s Exploration of Red Planet

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : The next steps in NASA’s Mars exploration strategy should build toward returning Martian rocks and dirt to Earth to search for signs of past life, a new report by the space agency’s Red Planet planning group finds.

The report, released today (Sept. 25) by the Mars Program Planning Group (MPPG), lays out a series of options that NASA could employ to get pieces of the Red Planet in scientists’ hands here on Earth. The space agency is now mulling those options and could announce its chosen path by early next year, when the White House releases its proposed budget for fiscal year 2014.

“The first public release of what plans, you know, we definitively have would not be until the president presents that budget to Congress in February of 2013,” John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, told reporters today.NASA put together the MPPG this past March to help restructure its Mars strategy in the wake of cuts to the space agency’s robotic exploration program.

The MPPG was instructed to consider NASA’s newly constrained fiscal situation and the priorities laid out by the U.S. National Research Council’s Planetary Science Decadal Survey, which was released last year. President Barack Obama’s directive that the agency get astronauts to the vicinity of Mars by the mid-2030s was another factor, NASA officials said.

The MPPG’s focus on sample-return should thus come as no surprise. It was a top priority of the Decadal Survey, and sample-return could help spur and work in concert with NASA’s plans for human exploration of Mars, Grunsfeld said. [7 Biggest Mysteries of Mars]

“Sample-return represents the best opportunity to find symmetry technologically between the programs,” he said. “Sending a mission to go to Mars and return a sample looks a lot like sending a crew to Mars and returning them safely.”Humans could even be involved in the sample-return process, according to the MPPG report. Astronauts aboard NASA’s Orion capsule, which is currently under development, could intercept the Martian sample in deep space, secure it in a contained environment, and bring it safely down to Earth.

“It is taking advantage of the human architecture, because we anticipate it will be there,” Grunsfeld said. “And it potentially solves an issue of, when we return samples, somewhere we have to make sure that the samples are completely contained so there’s no chance — remote as it may be — that there is something on Mars that could contaminate Earth.”

Exactly when a Martian sample could come down to Earth remains up in the air. But NASA is considering launching the first enabling mission along this path in 2018, or perhaps 2020, Grunsfeld said. A complicating factor is that NASA has just $800 million or so to work with for the project through 2018.

That’s “not enough to encompass the rover options that we talked about,” said MPPG team lead Orlando Figueroa. “That drives you to either launching an orbiter first, or delaying to the next opportunity, 2020, to start with a rover.”

The report also provides a variety of options for gathering and returning Red Planet samples.

For example, it could all be done with a single launch, which would carry a soil-collecting rover, a vehicle that would blast the samples off the Martian surface and an orbiter for sample rendezvous and return. Or these payloads could be divided among two or three launches, to spread cost and risk around, Figueroa said.

The MPPG report discusses lofting the single-shot mission as early as 2024, aboard NASA’s huge Space Launch System rocket. NASA wants the SLS to make its first test flight by 2017 and to be ready to carry crews by 2021.

NASA’s robotic Mars exploration strategy has already begun shifting from “follow the water” — exemplified by NASA’s Spirit and Opportunity rovers — to searching for habitable environments, which the $2.5 billion Curiosity rover is currently doing in the Red Planet’s Gale Crater.

Sample-return is the logical next step in NASA’s unmanned activities at Mars, Figueroa said.

“This is really the search for evidence of past life,” he said. “And the options that we are putting forth is, What are the options that NASA could have available to pursue it in the most aggressive way possible?”

NASA has two robotic Mars missions on the docket before the first step toward sample-return would launch. The Maven orbiter is slated to blast off next year to study the Red Planet’s atmosphere, while a mission called InSight will launch in 2016 to probe Mars’ core.

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U.N. chief duped by prank call from fake Canadian PM

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : A pair of Canadian radio comedians said on Thursday it took them less than an hour to get U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the phone during international diplomacy’s busiest week – by pretending to be Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Ban was between meetings at the U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Wednesday when he took a phone call from Quebec comedy duo “The Masked Avengers,” famous for tricking celebrities and politicians.
The pair said in a statement that the impersonator of the prime minister, who is known for his helmet-like coiffure, apologized to Ban for not being able to attend the U.N. General Assembly meeting in New York because he was too busy combing his hair with super glue.
PALIN PRANK CALL FROM COMEDIAN POSING AS FRENCH PRESIDENT
During the five-minute discussion, the pair also said they asked him to speak with National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman to press for a Quebec City hockey team. It was at this point in the conversation – which switched between English and French – they said Ban realized he was being pranked.
Ban has more than 120 meetings with world leaders during the U.N. General Assembly this week and his spokesman described the prank call as not “the best use of his time.”
“The Secretary-General quickly understood that it was a prank, and he took it in the way that it was intended, as a joke,” Ban’s spokesman said. “It’s a busy time of year, and the Secretary-General has a considerable amount to do, so it wasn’t the best use of his time, but these things happen.”
The same radio duo, Sébastien Trudel and Marc-Antoine Audette of Montreal radio station CKOI-FM, also duped U.S. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin just days before the 2008 election by pretending to be French President Nicolas Sarkozy and convincing her to accept an invitation to hunt baby seals.
Their other victims have included U.S. business tycoon Donald Trump, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and rock stars Bono and Mick Jagger.

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PM’s camp says NYC trip cleared air with US

Posted on 30 September 2012 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu left New York for Israel Saturday night with aides expressing satisfaction that the key objectives of his trip – clearly defining red lines on Iran and clearing the air with Washington – were achieved.

“The first thing that he succeeded in doing was sharpening the message on Iran,” one source in Netanyahu’s entourage said of the prime minister’s speech Thursday to the UN. “We were more specific about what we think should be the red lines, and that is important in framing the parameters of the debate.”

The official said that the visit, which included a phone conversation Friday with US President Barack Obama and a meeting Thursday with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “strengthened and enhanced our dialogue with the US administration over these issues.”

In addition, the official noted, Netanyahu’s UN speech and his red line on a rudimentary sketch of a bomb received “almost unprecedented coverage internationally” and succeeded in putting the Iranian nuclear program “at the very center of the international political agenda.”

It is more clear than in the past what Israel means when it talks about red lines, the official said.

Netanyahu, in an interview with Channel 1, said he believed that placing a red line in front of Iran reduced the chances Tehran would cross it. He defined that line in his speech as the point before Iran had stockpiled enough low-grade and medium-grade uranium to begin working on high-grade uranium and a nuclear detonator.

Defining where the red line is, he said, gave “a great deal of legitimization” to those who might want to act if Iran crossed it.

The prime minister, in a Channel 2 interview, said he did not discuss an Israeli attack in his speech – only that the red line had to be at a point before Iran completed the second stage of enrichment needed for a bomb. Regarding his comment that the Iranians could reach that stage by springtime, Netanyahu said this would happen only if they continued enriching at their current pace.

“But lets see if they continue,” he said. “I think that placing a red line is the best guarantor to prevent the need for military action.”

Netanyahu clarified that in saying Iran would not cross the line until at least spring, he “never gave up for even a minute Israel’s right to defend itself at any time. I think that right is clear and understood by everyone.”

He added that it was important to make clear to the international community that Iran was continuing to move forward on its nuclear program, and that if it wanted to stop the program it had to do so “before the finishing of the enrichment process.”

Washington’s refusal to articulate its red line has been a source of public tension in recent weeks between Israel and the US. Netanyahu, however, said that teams from both countries were working at the highest levels to try to translate into practical terms the joint objective of preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon.

The White House stressed on Friday, following the Obama-Netanyahu phone conversation, that the US and Israel were “in full agreement” on preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.

The two men discussed the coordination of their efforts and cooperation in dealing with Iran, according to a statement by White House press secretary Jay Carney.

While the statement did not say how long the conversation lasted, Netanyahu said it was a “prolonged” discussion.

“The two leaders underscored that they are in full agreement on the shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon,” the statement said.

The conversation was their second in three weeks, an unusually short stretch of time for two publicly announced calls. It comes after criticism of Obama for declining a meeting with Netanyahu while the premier was in the US for the UN General Assembly, and amidst discord between the two countries on how best to thwart the threat from Tehran.

Netanyahu’s comments to the UN Thursday and his comments that Iran would not cross his red line until at least spring suggested the timeline for any Israel action would not come until well into next year, after the US elections in November, reducing some of the immediate tension between the two countries.

“The temperature is lower than it had been,” an Obama aide said after the call.

The White House readout also noted that Netanyahu “welcomed President Obama’s commitment at the UN to do what we must to achieve that goal.”

Netanyahu also spoke by phone Friday with Obama challenger Mitt Romney.

Romney, speaking to reporters on his campaign plane, said he and Netanyahu agreed that Iran must be denied nuclear capabilities but did not agree on specific red lines to confront Tehran.

“I do not believe in the final analysis we will have to use military action,” Romney said. “I certainly hope we don’t have to. I can’t take that action off the table.”

Friday’s White House phone call followed a meeting between Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in New York Thursday night. The meeting lasted one hour and 15 minutes and was entirely one-on-one, according to the State Department.

The pair held a lengthy discussion on Iran, and also discussed developments in the broader region and the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

“It was an open, wide-ranging constructive conversation,” the State Department statement said. The Prime Minister’s Office released no information about that meeting.

Netanyahu also met Friday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and praised Harper again for Canada’s recent decision to cut ties with Iran.

“I think that what you did, severing ties with Iran, was not only an act of statesmanship, but an act of moral clarity,” he said to the Canadian leader before the meeting.

Harper said Canada wanted to see a peaceful resolution to the Iranian crisis, “and we work closely with our allies to try and alert the world to the danger this presents and the necessity of dealing with it.”

Later in the day, at the Appeal of Conscience Foundation’s annual dinner in New York, Harper said “the appeal of our conscience requires us to speak out against what the Iranian regime stands for. Likewise, it requires us to speak in support of the country that its hatred most immediately threatens, the State of Israel.”

Harper said that while Ottawa does not sanction every policy Israel pursues, “neither its existence nor its policies are responsible for the pathologies present in that part of the world.”

He was also mindful, Harper said, “of a lesson of history, that those who single out the Jewish people as a target of racial and religious bigotry will inevitably be a threat to all of us. Indeed, those who so target Israel today are, by their own words and deeds, also a threat to all free and democratic societies.”

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